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10 All-Time Favorite Islands For Travelers To Visit

The Isle of Santorini in Greece with 15,500 inhabitants is the # 4 destination chosen for the list of the Best Destinations in Europe

If you wish to see the heaven on the earth, then visit these beautiful islands. There is no denying the fact that travelers dream to be on these islands in their lifetime. In these islands, you can explore unspoiled beaches, turquoise ocean water, nature’s magnificent scenic beauty, mountains, waterfalls and volcanoes that attract visitors throughout the year to spend their holidays in extreme pleasure and adventure.

Here is the list of 10 all-time favorite islands for travelers. These are truly beautiful in all respect to satisfy your travel spree.

  1. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is a place where everything looks bright. Presently it consists of two inhabited islands and several islets.  Your first place on the list should be the picturesque beaches of black and red sands. The next thing, of course, is to experience the archaeological delights. One is Ancient Akrotiri (“Minoan Pompeii”), and another one is Ancient Thera, the ruins of the three empires. Other towns that are watch worthy are Fira and Oia islands, Nea Kameni, and Palea Kameni. Do not miss caldera, the brilliant turquoise pool of water. The cliff-top village of Santorini is the world’s most photographed village.

  1. Java, Indonesia

Java is a beautiful island known for Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its ancient culture, spectacular panoramic view of beaches of white sand, waterfalls, volcanoes, parks and many more attract tourists in large numbers.

  1. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is rightfully called the heaven by the visitors and the people who never been in this Indonesian island but still dream of visiting Bali. It is the land of fantastic landscapes, gorgeous mountains, sandy shores meeting turquoise waters, curving coastlines, pagodas, ancient ornate temples and so on. Here, you can spend time in a lot many ways. You can indulge yourself in the luxury of oceanfront resorts, enjoy spa treatments, sunbathe and delicious food or you can visit beautiful temples and witness an active volcano in Kintamani. You can even take an active part in the culture of Bali by joining cooking classes of delicacies of Bali or can learn contemporary Balinese art or participate in the traditional blessing ceremony.

  1. Maui, Hawaii

Maui is a complete package of beautiful scenery, luxurious resorts, and adventurous activities. It has breathtaking scenic beauty, purely cosmopolitan neighborhood, and ultra-chic resorts to indulge in extreme luxury. Be it Hollywood Celebrities or ordinary traveler, Maui has been the dream destination for all.

You can start your trip with the beautiful sunrise bike ride to the volcanic crater of Haleakala (10,023 feet), or the white-knuckle scenic drive to Hana. At Oheo Gulch, there is a string of waterfalls and ponds in Hana. You can also find here impressive wildlife, sea turtles and enjoy dancing shimmy with professional hula girls.

  1. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai is the oldest Hawaiian Island formed from ocean lava five million years ago.  It’s the land of pristine beaches, aquamarine skies, and superb sunsets. The dramatic sights include PaliKeKua, or Hideaways beach, the Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast, spiked Anahola Mountains and the Hanalei Bay. Kauai is also famous for its golf courses and exotic resorts. All you need is a good pair of hiking boots, an umbrella, and of course, the desire to visit Kauai.

  1. Maldives

The Maldives is the lowest-lying nation in the world not more than six feet above the sea level. It is a tropical paradise with pristine beaches and turquoise lagoons. The Maldives is the place of most sensational private-island resorts, hotels, and bungalows built directly over the water, underwater restaurants and infinity pools suspended above the clear waters. If you are party people, Maldives offers the best attractions in underwater nightclubs and on floating pontoons. Everybody falls in love with this place.

  1. Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania is unmatched by any other island. Its diverse and stunning landscape, psychedelic banksia wildflowers covered rolling dunes, granite formations and the miraculous tessellated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck are the main attractions. Tasmania is full of wonders, and you will find wallabies, Tasmanian devils, quolls, and the duckbill platypus while trekking the coastal area.  You can expect to get clean air like Antarctica to take a breather in this remote island. There are also other attractions like sea lettuce, organic Tassie wine, and local game opossum.

  1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

If you are an enthusiastic photographer and thrill lover, then explore untamed terrains of Galapagos Islands, hundreds of miles off Ecuador’s shores. The main attractions are sea lions, giant tortoises, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, the world’s only seafaring lizards, short-feathered penguins, and other sea creatures. Thankfully, the volcanic landscapes and beaches of this island are still untouched by the tourism. You can visit this island by cruise ships like 100-passenger Silversea Galapagos with naturalists for an exciting educational experience. And, if you like privacy, then there is a carbon-neutral five-star resort Pikaia Lodge, to let you explore the island in a private yacht.

  1. Moorea, French Polynesia

You will start believing in the paradise on earth if you visit this island. Moorea is the sister island of Bora Bora, and Tahiti is just a few miles away. It’s incredible blue lagoons and rugged, mountains covered by rainforest attract the visitors the most. The coconut-strewn beaches with the intoxicating aroma of grapefruit, vanilla, and Tahitian gardenia and thatched bungalows at Luxe Properties make the island a place for must visit.

  1. Great Barrier Reef Island, Australia

This island can well be said as one of the seven wonders of nature. This reef island is created from billions of coral polyps and makes it the earth’s largest living feature. More than 400 species of marine life can be found here from the great baleen whales to thorny urchins. There are 3,000 plus individual reefs for the divers to explore around the year. The most remarkable attraction in this coral paradise is the Whitehaven Beach of the white strip of sands. There is a varied mixture of incredible resorts in Great Barrier Reef Island and out of these the enormous, 244-room Hayman Island is mention worthy. It has a swimming pool seven times bigger than that found in the Olympic Games and private bungalows with a private terrace.

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